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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Disappointing in all aspects

First, the reading. If not by a computer, far more boring than one. I found my mind drifting constantly. Second, the story. It is effectively a chronology of the press and papers around the war. That's fine, then bill it as such. It is not a thesis or author's opinion that is argued based on merit an fact. Rather, just a chronology. No doubt countless hours went into the research and I am happy to have benefited from the insights into the society at that time. But I wanted a point of view which was not delivered.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-17

unbearably excellent

this book is so authentic, it is unbearable, but one can't wait to listen to the next chapter. compared to other spectacular accounts of this global conflict, like With the Old Breed, the truthfulness and honesty of the work is apparent, but the contrasts to American versus German experience screams through. a must read

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-17

the real story after being through a dishwasher

if you're a football fan, just listen and you need no explanation around why this book is an autobiography. Mr. young is very forthcoming around his own personal doubts, but casts himself as the righteous hero in the locker room, on the field and in the NFL sanctuary while all others are villains. glad i had a 16 hour drive to listen to it to conclusion.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-17

incredible insight, hopelessly biased

the author had nearly unfettered access to this legondary President, learned how to manipulate his ego and used this to great advantage in this work. unfortunately, she could not set aside her deeply held personal biases in telling this story and that perspective permiates the work to the point where one begins to question credibility. she conveniently set aside future actual events that substantiated the President's opinions to avoid undermining her own views. all in all worth the time to read.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-17

great content, utterly horrible writing

read my headline. it's all there. i nearly stopped listening every day. so what else do you need audible?

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-14

A Remarkable Man; an Intimate View

What did you love best about 41?

Getting to know this remarkable man.

Have you listened to any of George W. Bush’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Decision Points. Of comparable quality. President Bush is a straight shooter and tells it like it is - good and bad. I feel one can believes what he says.

Any additional comments?

The best quote of the book that summarizes who George H W Bush is relates to advice he gave his son: "preach the Gospel everyday; if necessary use words."

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-14

Mean-Spirited Book

What would have made The Narcissist Next Door better?

Any practical advice around how to manage a relationship with a Narcissist that you are obliged to be in.

What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Kluger’s story?

The author used the book as a platform to castigate celebrities, professional athletes, business leaders and other public figures. The tone of the comments was hateful. He saved his deepest disdain for Republican or conservative politicians, torturing explanations to find fault with these while excusing Democratic or liberal contemporaries. Without the benefit of direct knowledge, he offered pop-culture psychological diagnosis on these targets more befitting of the National Enquirer than a serious work on this affliction.

How could the performance have been better?

No issues, well read.

Any additional comments?

One particularly amusing section of the book was the authors tortured logic in excusing the "Baby-Boom" generation from the Narcissist label. I'd guess this originates from the fact that he is one.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-10

Engaging

This book is an engaging review of historic collapses of civilizations. The author can't quite hide his left-leaning environmental orientation, but still keeps the book reasonably centered. It would be a good read for kids in school as it demonstrates that the long historic record of mankind is that he is not a steward of his environment.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-10

An Amazing Map of What is to Come

I listened to this book four times to date. This book lays out history in a completely new and insightful way and provides razor sharp insight into what is going on in society now and what is to come. It is at once hopeful and terrifying.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-10

Should be a Must Read in School

This book explains - in plain English - why some societies prosper and others stagnate in poverty. It should be a must read in all schools in America.

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